Local firms built Pinnacles facility

Two local firms were instrumental in building the National Park Service’s second-ever LEED platinum-certified visitor center.

Pinnacles National Monument West Side Visitor Center, in Monterey County, was designed by RRM Design Group of San Luis Obispo and built by Anderson Burton Construction Inc. of Arroyo Grande, according to a news release.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certification is the highest and most difficult to achieve, according to criteria set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The project, which included an entry station, visitor center, maintenance building, ranger dormitory, visitor parking area and educational exhibits, was built to exist completely off-grid, with solar energy as its power source. The project uses 32 percent less water and 51.8 percent less energy than an average building.